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Victor A. Gangelin

Victor A. Gangelin

American film set decorator
Victor A. Gangelin
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Quick Facts

Intro American film set decorator
Was Film crew member Scenographer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 4 March 1899, Milwaukee, USA
Death 2 April 1967, Los Angeles, USA (aged 68 years)
Star sign Pisces
The details


Victor A. Gangelin (March 4, 1899 – April 2, 1967) was an American feature film and television set decorator. He won an Oscar (shared with Boris Leven) for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color for West Side Story (1961). Gangelin was also nominated for another Oscar (with Mark-Lee Kirk) for Best Art Direction-Interior Direction, Black-and-White for Since You Went Away (1944).

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Victor Arthur Gengelin, a Russian immigrant, and Elizabeth (Goetz) Gangelin, a German immigrant. The younger Victor Gangelin's brother was screenwriter Paul Gangelin.

Victor Gangelin married former silent-screen actress and model Majel Coleman sometime prior to 1940. Coleman earned several screen credits in the 1920s, including feature films by famed director Cecil B. DeMille, most notably the epic The King of Kings (1927).

He served as a set director and assistant department head at Warner Brothers studio. Along with his Academy Award-nominated films, his 47 film and television credits include the John Wayne epics The Searchers (1956) and The Alamo (1960) as well as episodes of The Roy Rogers Show and My Mother the Car. His last credit was the 1966 film Duel at Diablo starring James Garner and Sidney Poitier.

Gangelin died at age 68 in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography

Gangelin won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and was nominated for another:

  • West Side Story (1961)
  • Since You Went Away (1944)
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